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Amy's Place ... Poetry and Potpourri ... December, 2013
11-30-2013 | JustAmy; St.Louie1; MamaBear; Billie; Meg33, Friends

Posted on 11/30/2013 9:43:58 PM PST by JustAmy




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1 posted on 11/30/2013 9:43:59 PM PST by JustAmy
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Graphic by Billie

The Rose
Author Unknown

It is only a tiny rosebud
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I
The flower God opens so gently
In my hands would fade and die

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
How can I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I'll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of every day,
And I'll look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way

For the pathway that lies before me
My heavenly Father knows
I'll trust Him to unfold the moments
Just as he unfolds the rose


2 posted on 11/30/2013 9:50:14 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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Graphic by Billie


3 posted on 11/30/2013 9:55:39 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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To: JustAmy

Rendering a Salute to Our Flag.


4 posted on 11/30/2013 10:33:57 PM PST by Diver Dave (Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow)
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To: JustAmy

Oh goody! another Amy thread :-)

I just adore that patriotic wintery scene with the snowman.


5 posted on 11/30/2013 11:30:19 PM PST by Bobalu (White Boy Think A Lot)
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To: JustAmy
“Death Song of a Wood’s Colt”

By Dr, Jubal Harshaw

(Robert A. Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land)

“The depths of winter longing are ice within my heart
The shards of broken covenants lie sharp against my soul
The wraiths of long-lost ecstasy keep us two apart
The sullen winds of bitterness still keen from turn to pole

“The scars of twisted tendons, the stumps of struck of limbs
The aching pit of hunger and the throb of unset bone,
My sanded burning eyeballs, as light within them dims,
Add nothing to the torment of lying here alone…

“The shimmering flames of fever trace out your blessed face
My broken eardrums echo your voice inside my head
I do not fear the darkness that comes to me apace
I only dread the loss of you that comes when I am dead.

6 posted on 12/01/2013 1:14:15 AM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: JustAmy

Good Morning, Amy!

It is December, alright! Beautiful Opening.

((((HUGS))))


7 posted on 12/01/2013 5:15:02 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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God Waiting

December 1, 2013

During the Christmas season we wait. We wait in traffic. We wait in checkout lines to purchase gifts. We wait for family to arrive. We wait to gather around a table filled with our favorite foods. We wait to open presents lovingly chosen.

All of this waiting can be a reminder to Christians that Christmas is a celebration of waiting for something much more important than holiday traditions. Like the ancient Israelites, we too are waiting for Jesus. Although He already came as the long-awaited Messiah, He has not yet come as ruler over all the earth. So today we wait for Christ’s second coming.

Christmas reminds us that God also waits . . . He waits for people to see His glory, to admit that they are lost without Him, to say yes to His love, to receive His forgiveness, to turn away from sin. While we wait for His second coming, He waits for repentance. What seems to us like God’s slowness in coming is instead His patience in waiting (2 Peter 3:9).

The Lord is waiting to have a relationship with those He loves. He made the first move when He came as baby Jesus and the sacrificial Lamb. Now He waits for us to welcome Him into our lives as Savior and Lord.

God patiently keeps His promises.



8 posted on 12/01/2013 5:57:03 AM PST by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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~Welcome To Sunday At Amy's Place~


***
Our Father, we long for the simple beauty of Christmas
~for all the old familiar melodies, words, and symbols that remind us of that great miracle when He who had made all things came one night as a babe, to lie in the crook of a woman’s arm.
But in that longing, let us even more yearn for your renewed presence among us even as we celebrate and expect the Coming of your Son.....

May the loving kindness of this Advent Season and the true Spirit of Christmas not only creep into our hearts this season, but there abide, so that not even the return to earthly cares and responsibilities, not all the festivities of our own devising may cause it to creep away weeping. May the joy and spirit of Christmas remain with us now and forever. In the name of Jesus, who came to save His people from their sins, even in that lovely name we pray. Amen.
***
Blessings To All Who Enter Here
Adapted from a prayer by Peter Marshall


9 posted on 12/01/2013 6:33:54 AM PST by MEG33
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To: The Mayor

Beautiful devotional, Rus.
I Am So Grateful To You For Our Daily Bread

10 posted on 12/01/2013 6:42:49 AM PST by MEG33
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To: JustAmy; Billie

Good Sunday Morning


Thank you for the lovely opening to December.
I've always loved this poem.
Wishing you a blessed Lord's Day

11 posted on 12/01/2013 7:32:39 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33

running late for church, so I’ll not try and floormat this.

A Liberal’s Christmas
Kung Pao Buckaroo Holiday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwKI82CTp2o

Twas the month before Christmas

When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand.

Why the Politically Correct Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday’.

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

At Lowe’s the word Christmas - was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears

You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!

Please, all Christians join together and wish everyone you meet MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christ is The Reason’ for the Christ-mas Season!

The REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

Labor of Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KY6Hov0wSc&feature=watch_response

What a First Christmas, The McKamey’s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPwVmzK2xl8

A Baby Changes Every Thing, Faith Hill
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3wujkozv9E

IF Stores only have happy holidays on their doors, you as a Christian have a choice to make, do I spend my money in the store that is PC and has driven out the True Meaning of Christmas, or do I want to shop at a store that still has the courage to say Merry CHRISTmas. The only way to get through to the PC Liberals is to hurt their Bottom Line PROFITS! We can fight back with our wallets, or cave in to the PC liberals who want NO GOD, NO JESUS, only a one world religion that neither promotes peace nor harmony, but is a cult of ME FIRST!


12 posted on 12/01/2013 7:38:50 AM PST by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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Merry Christmas..Amen to the reason for the season.
Thank you for the music and poem, Gail.


13 posted on 12/01/2013 8:03:13 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33

Amen and Thank you for the opening. Love the praying hands.


14 posted on 12/01/2013 8:55:25 AM PST by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: The Mayor

15 posted on 12/01/2013 9:17:19 AM PST by Jaidyn
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Beautiful scene, Jaidyn..Thank you


16 posted on 12/01/2013 9:22:15 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33
Thanks! Am putting myself into the Christmas spirit.
17 posted on 12/01/2013 9:57:01 AM PST by Jaidyn
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To: Jaidyn

O my that’s so pretty! I think I’ll at least get my angels out today..


18 posted on 12/01/2013 10:09:14 AM PST by MEG33
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Good Sunday Morning~~Afternoon


Time for my lunch and a nap.
Thank you for your lovely comments, devotion, poetry, music
and graphics.
Wishing You All A Blessed Lord's Day

19 posted on 12/01/2013 10:16:04 AM PST by MEG33
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To: MEG33

Advent Blessings be upon you, MEG!

((((HUGS))))


20 posted on 12/01/2013 11:44:20 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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Thank you, ML.

(((HUGS)))


21 posted on 12/01/2013 3:03:05 PM PST by MEG33
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Signing off early, Dear FRiends


Healing prayers for all our ill and hurting FRiends.
Thank you for coming by today and sharing your lovely comments,
poetry, music and graphics.
May God grant you a lovely evening and pleasant sleep.

~May God Protect Our Protectors~

22 posted on 12/01/2013 3:09:12 PM PST by MEG33
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To: Jaidyn

Very nice, looks warm and cozy.


23 posted on 12/01/2013 4:46:43 PM PST by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: JustAmy; MEG33; GailA; Jaidyn; everyone; FRiends; All
Thank you, Dear FRiends, for the Beautiful Pics, Poetry, Links, and Posts!
(((((Hugs to Everyone)))))

Goodnight, and God Bless.


24 posted on 12/01/2013 10:54:41 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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Integrity League

December 2, 2013

We call it the Integrity League, but it’s really just a bunch of guys who get together at lunchtime to play basketball. We call fouls on ourselves, attempt to avoid angry outbursts, and simply try to keep everything fair and enjoyable. We are competitive and we don’t like to lose—but we all agree that integrity and honesty should control the atmosphere.

Integrity. Scripture clearly indicates the importance of this trait. And we honor the God of our lives when we practice it.

Through His Word, God has given us clear reasons to “walk in . . . integrity” (Ps. 26:11). A person who has integrity has the security of a quiet life unknown to the one who “perverts his ways” (Prov. 10:9). The follower of God who lives with integrity is preserved by his confidence in God, for that person waits for God’s intervention in his life instead of running ahead of Him (Ps. 25:21). And the one who practices integrity will be given guidance and clear direction (Prov. 11:3).

Why should we care about life’s “Integrity League”? Because obeying God this way shows that we trust Him with our lives and that we want to shine His great love on others.

Dear Father, help my word be true. Help my
actions be honest. Help my life to
reflect Your holiness and shine God’s light
for all to see. Help me to live with integrity.
Integrity is Christlike character in workclothes


25 posted on 12/02/2013 5:18:16 AM PST by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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To: Kitty Mittens; All

O Holy Night - Josh Groban

Oh, Holy Night

26 posted on 12/02/2013 6:04:01 AM PST by GailA (THOSE WHO DON'T KEEP PROMISES TO THE MILITARY, WON'T KEEP THEM TO U!)
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To: GailA

AMEN!


27 posted on 12/02/2013 6:30:21 AM PST by jaycee (Wishing everyone a happy day! JC)
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To: The Mayor

28 posted on 12/02/2013 9:16:43 AM PST by Jaidyn
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December 2, 2013


Graphic by St.Louie1

HEY!! It's Open Mic Tuesday on Monday again!

Tell us your favorite Christmas Music.


29 posted on 12/02/2013 9:23:46 AM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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To: JustAmy

Handel’s “Messiah”, of course!

But I wrote a Christmas oratorio too. It is called “Sar Shalom” and was performed once years ago.

It’s good but can’t hold a candle to Handel.


30 posted on 12/02/2013 9:29:49 AM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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Mannheim Steamroller. :-)

Hey, how was your Disneyland trip? Hope you had good weather and a great time.

31 posted on 12/02/2013 9:41:08 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
The weather was wonderful. It did get pretty cool after sundown.

Disneyland was sooo crowded it was almost impossible to walk. The California adventure was not quite so crowded but still way too many people. We should have stayed at visited Disneyland on Thanksgiving. LOL

Most of the rides had long lines with at least a 40 minute wait. Marissa didn't get to ride too many times. She rode that Matterhorn, rode the nothing boat and went on the little kid airplanes. She did some shopping and saw several Disney characters.

We watched the Christmas parade twice ... once during daylight and once after the sun went down. We watched the fireworks from our hotel. They were awesome.

The second day, we went to California Adventure. There, we watched a show, she hugged Pluto and we ate dinner at one of the restaurants. Marissa rode the big roller coaster 3 times. There was another ride she wanted to take but the line was at least a 90 minutes wait. We watched another parade.

If you go, do not go when school is on vacation or holiday.

One on MrJust’s nephews spent one day with us. Went to dinner and the mall.

We all had a great time.

How about a link to Mannheim Steamroller?

32 posted on 12/02/2013 10:02:58 AM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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Sounds like you had a good time, but I do wish they would limit the amount of people they let in. You paid the same amount that people pay when there are fewer crowds but still had long waits for rides. I know it would be disappointing to find out that the park was closed due to too many people, but it is almost more disappointing to pay to get in and not be able to enjoy the park because of long lines at the rides. Maybe they should take reservations? I don't know.

Yes, I will find a graphic and a link to some Mannheim Steamroller. I am internet Christmas shopping on Amazon today, but it's time for a break. BTW, need an inexpensive and very cool gift? Do a search on Amazon for "recipe rock". I am getting one for almost everyone on my Christmas list as a stocking stuffer. The guys can use it on their office desks and the women in the kitchen (I know, I am stereotyping - don't care, LOL.)

Next, we (the dogs and I) are going to decorate the tree and get the house all Christmasy. "Killion's Bed and Breakfast" is expecting to be very busy in December. LOL. I enjoy having holiday company, but I have so much to do!!

33 posted on 12/02/2013 10:28:07 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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At Amy's request; a little Mannheim Streamroller for your listening pleasure....


34 posted on 12/02/2013 11:42:17 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear

This is wonderful, Lori. Thank you.


35 posted on 12/02/2013 12:49:36 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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To: left that other site

Happy Monday, LTOS.

Do you have a link to “Messiah”? Care to share?


36 posted on 12/02/2013 12:50:40 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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I like this one ....

I'll be home for Christmas
37 posted on 12/02/2013 1:00:25 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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Hi, all!



Challenges And Treasure Haiku





Chairs and Tables are
Challenges that require much
Patience and Finesse

A very tall leap
is needed for a Chair. And
shorter ones later

Tables are always
near Chairs. Which is one of Life's
curious Blessings

The small Table in
My Pretty One's Treasure Room
beckons me to come

Its top is Hard and
Slippery Smooth under my
soft and gliding Paws

Shiny Things seem to
fall nearby whenever I
visit and explore

A Smooth and Pretty
Bowl seems made just for Me as
it slowly empties

Lots of Shiny Things
fall outside the Bowl waiting
closer inspection

Now I have a Safe
Place to have Fun and tease My
Curiosity!



Jack Deth ~ 12/02/13.

38 posted on 12/02/2013 1:00:27 PM PST by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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And another one ....

O, Come All Ye FaithfullO,
39 posted on 12/02/2013 1:05:12 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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To: Jack Deth

Sweet! YOu’ve been away too long, Jack! :)

I finally have kitties...two orange ones. Yay!


40 posted on 12/02/2013 3:50:47 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: Mama_Bear

Thank You for that!

I LOVE those guys!


41 posted on 12/02/2013 6:21:05 PM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: JustAmy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS3vpAWW2Zc

This is from the Christmas section.


42 posted on 12/02/2013 6:36:50 PM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: left that other site

That was beautiful, Thank you, LTOS.


43 posted on 12/02/2013 6:59:21 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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That is so pretty, Jaidyn. Thank you for sharing.


44 posted on 12/02/2013 7:00:34 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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To: JustAmy

My Pleasure!

Now it is time to put “The Messiah” into my cd player to have it lull me to sleep every night and wake me up each morning.

:-)


45 posted on 12/02/2013 7:01:37 PM PST by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Jack Deth

That is really sweet, Jack.

Thank you for sharing your poems with us. We enjoy them.


46 posted on 12/02/2013 7:02:11 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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Oh Holy Night

Goodnight, Friends. Pleasant Dreams.


47 posted on 12/02/2013 7:15:47 PM PST by JustAmy (Check out Cruz Control!)
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To: Jack Deth

Good morning Jack ((HUGS))

Thank for the kitty entertainment.


48 posted on 12/03/2013 3:36:15 AM PST by beachn4fun (Guns are not the problem. People are. Forget the magazine...check your attitude.)
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One Stretch

December 3, 2013

Read: 1 John 2:24–3:3

Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! —1 John 3:1
Bible in a Year:
Ezekiel 45-46; 1 John 2

For years, Sarah had low-back pain that continued to worsen. Her doctor sent her for physical therapy, and she was given 25 stretches to do every day. The pain lessened but not completely. So the doctor ordered x-rays and sent her to another therapist, who instructed her to discontinue the other therapist’s stretches and do only one stretch a day as needed. Surprisingly, the one simple stretch worked the best.

Sometimes the simplest truths are the best. When asked to summarize in one sentence his whole life’s work in theology, Karl Barth responded: “Jesus loves me!” Some say he added, “This I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

God’s love for us is evident. He gave His Son to rescue us from ourselves. Christ died on the cross, taking our burden of sin. Then He rose again, giving us new life in Him. Amazing love! As John tells us: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).

Jesus’ love for us isn’t a Band-Aid or a cure-all for all of life’s problems, of course. But it is the one truth we can always depend on to give purpose to life and peace with God.

I am so glad that our Father in heaven
Tells of His love in the Book He has given;
Wonderful things in the Bible I see—
This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me. —Bliss
The wonder of it all— just to think that Jesus loves me.



49 posted on 12/03/2013 4:23:11 AM PST by The Mayor (Honesty means never having to look over your shoulder.)
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December 3, 2013

'Tis the season to be jolly! Have a great day, everyone!


50 posted on 12/03/2013 8:19:27 AM PST by Mama_Bear
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